Hanuman Jayanti is a Hindu festival celebrating the birthday of Lord Hanuman, undoubtedly the most famous devotee of Lord Ram. He lived a celibate life serving to the greater societal causes. He is referred to as "Buddhimatam Varishttham", (excellence in intelligence, learning and wisdom). His strength, his integrity, his devotion, his righteousness, his intellect, his humility, his compassion are examples that mankind can learn from.
This day is celebrated across the country with immense faith and devotion. And its date also varies with different regions and communities. But hanuman Jayanti coming in Chaitra month is considered the most commonly celebrated birthday of Lord Hanuman, especially in north India. This festival is celebrated on the 15th day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Chaitra and It is also known as Chaitra Poornima in some regions. Likewise, as per the gregorian calendar, Hanuman Jayanti appears around April-march duration.
Lord Hanuman is revered immensely to receive his protection and support. He has a prestigious family background and mythical birth story, making him one of the most influential and generous deities. He has the ability to win over evil and remove all the hurdles and obstacles. Therefore, devotees worship Lord Hanuman as a protector and guardian of their lives. Lord Hanuman was a great adherent of Lord Rama, and that’s why worshipping Lord Rama is also ubiquitous on this day.
Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Lord Hanuman who was a son of vanar king Kesari and apsara Anjana. After worshiping with exceptional devotion, Devi Anjana prayed to Lord Shiva to receive a part of him as her child and complete remission of her curse. That’s why Lord Hanuman is also believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. As per the scriptures, Hanuman is also considered a son of Vayu dev (a god of wind).
Devotees start the day by waking up early and submitting their presence to the nearby Hanuman temple. They also travel far to visit some of the most famous and important Hanuman temples. After completing the puja, they offer incense stick, coconut, sindoor, oil, and Prashad. Chanting Hanuman Chalisa, the sacred iconic mantra of God Hanuman is one of the vital practices of this day. Other than that, organizing religious and cultural activities to worship Lord Hanuman and achieving peace and spiritual positivity are also some of the typical activities of this celebration.
Fasting is also part of this day, but it is not considered as mandatory. Moreover, doing some charity work and applying sindoor tilak are the significant rituals of Hanuman Jayanti.
Lord Hanuman, known as the purest and ardent devotee of Lord Rama, is worshipped by his devotees with multiple religious activities on Hanuman Jayanti. But unlike every year due to covid protocols and situations the celebration might get affected and people might celebrate it from their homes, and by limited gatherings. Hanuman was born to Anjani and Kesari on full moon day of Chaitra month. How fitting for his birthday to fall within six days of Lord Rama! Anjani and Kesari lived a very pious lives and were devotees of Lord Shiva. Hanuman was born to them as a blessing from Lord Shiva.
Hanuman's life has been portrayed in Ramayana,one of the two greatest epics. His stories are fondly told and remembered for people of all generations.
Let us remind ourselves of how to be a devotee by reciting the prayers that attempt to describe only a fraction of Hanuman's characteristics and contributions.
Sameedh family is proud to offer some of those prayers below -
And how can you celebrate the holy day of Hanuman Jayanti without singing praise to his Lord Rama, who referred to him as a brother! Here are some prayers offered to Lord Rama:
With best wishes from Sameedh family.
Happy Hanuman Jayanti!